Cleveland Women in Tech Presentation

Today I have the honor of representing Tech Elevator and presenting at the very 1st getWITit conference in Cleveland. This conference has been a huge success in Columbus and it is just getting started in Cleveland. 

Women in Tech Conference

When I first started my new position at Tech Elevator I was approached about speaking at this conference. I jumped all over this opportunity to represent us at this inaugural conference. 

When we started working on an idea for the presentation I wasn’t really sure what we were going to do. A coworker suggested that I talk about something I am passionate about, learning. I thought it was a great idea and ran with it. 

Presentation Details

The title of my presentation is “The rest of your life starts today. A guide to continued learning and personal growth.”

This is the first time I have ever given a presentation on something that wasn’t code related. I mean I found a way to work in some code related slides but that isn’t the theme of the presentation.

This presentation is about something I love, learning new skills. It also comes at a great time in my life. I have a newborn at home so time comes at a premium these days. In this presentation I share some of my best tips on how to learn a new skill. After 20 years of “loving to learn” I believe that I have a lot to share around this subject. 

Slide Deck

I had a lot of fun putting this slide deck together. While it isn’t perfect and there are some slides I wish weren’t as boring I think for the most part I am happy. They are fun slides and my hope is they will keep the audience engaged. Did I mention there were 52 of them? 


Throughout the presentation, I mentioned a number of resources. I wanted this to be a place where I can mention all of those resources so here they are. 

Books Tools Websites


I really wanted to thank the conference organizers for allowing me to speak. I also want to thank everyone who came out to my presentation. I know my coworkers will be in full force so I also want to thank them for supporting me. If you’re interested in having me give this presentation at your next conference or meetup, contact me.

Hi, I’m Dan Vega. I am a Software Engineer living just outside of one of my favorite places in the world, Cleveland, Ohio. I am a self-taught programmer who firmly believes that you can accomplish anything in this life if you put your mind to it, roll up your sleeves and are willing to put in the work.

I have been writing software for over 18+ years now and I use my knowledge, passion, and influence to help other developers achieve their goals. I teach online and currently, have over 30,000 students.

When I am not writing software, I have a number of things that really keep me busy. I love to read books, listen to podcasts and watch online courses. I have a real thirst for knowledge and it consumes me every single day of the week. I also love to run & lift heavy weights which keep me balanced throughout the week.

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